Brooklyn Public Library


Plans This Weekend?

Jan 28, 2010 1:45 PM | 0 comments

You have them now! It’s going to be quite a weekend at your library. Check out some of what’s going on across the borough:


Mizik pou Ayiti (Music for Haiti)

Friday, Jan 29, 6 PM

Central Library, Dweck Center

Come to this concert and help support Haiti. For a suggested donation of $20, you can enjoy music by the Altino Brothers, Buyu Ambroise (Blues in Red Band), Markus Schwartz (Tanbou Nan Lakou Brooklyn) and others.


African-Atlantic Genealogical Society Workshop     

Saturday, Jan 30, 1 PM

Macon Library 

Get an early start on Black History Month. Trace your family tree with help from the newly chartered African-Atlantic Genealogical Society (AAGS).


MoMA: Contemporary Mexican Artist Gabriel Orozco

Saturday, Jan 30, 4 PM

Central Library, Dweck Center

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) lecturer Angela Garcia presents the varied career of Orozco. Attendees can receive a family pass to MoMA for up to five people.


Sesame Street Family Day

Sunday, Jan 31, 1 – 4:30 PM

Kings Highway Library

Free fun for everyone! Enjoy crafts, stories, a screening of Elmo in Grouchland, prizes and the chance to take a picture with Walkaround Cookie Monster.


Gastropolis: Finding Your Food "Voice"

Sunday, Jan 31, 1:30 PM

Central Library, Dweck Center

Gastropolis editor Jonathan Deutsch leads a panel discussion on the ways in which food conveys meaning and aspects of New York Cultural identities.


There’s plenty more where those came from. Visit our website to find out what else you can do.

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Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz, Oh My!

Jan 27, 2010 3:23 PM | 0 comments

Anyone who is a fan of the children’s and young adult book scene looks forward to the first weeks of January, when, along with the Golden Globes and NFL playoffs (Go, Jets!), we anticipate the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards.

The most recognizable and renowned of these book medals are the Newbery (awarded to the best writing in an American book for children under the age of 14) and the Caldecott (awarded to the best American picture book for children). In 2000, the Michael L. Printz medal was introduced for young adult titles.

Every year, in the days before the awards are officially announced, Brooklyn Public Library holds Mock Caldecott, Mock Newbery, and Mock Printz events. Children’s and young adult librarians from all over the borough meet and pore over a slate of books and vote on the most deserving ones. Intense discussion of the titles’ literary and artistic merits is the order of the day--giving us a small taste of what the real Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz committees go through. After the medals are awarded, we compare our predictions to the actual winners. Think of it as Fantasy Football for librarians!


Here are the mock and official winners.


BPL Mock Caldecott:

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

Honor Books: 

The Curious Garden by author/illustrator Peter Brown

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca 


Official 2010 Caldecott Winner:

The Lion and the Mouse

Honor Books:

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee

Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Color by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski


BPL Mock Newbery Award:

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Honor Books:

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly


Official 2010 Newbery Winner:

When You Reach Me

Honor Books:

Claudette Colvin and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, plus

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin and

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick


BPL Mock Printz Winner:

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman

Honor Books:

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Fire by Kristin Cashore


Official 2010 Printz Winner:

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Honor Books:

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith

Tales of the Madman Underground: (An Historical Romance 1973) by John Barnes

Punkzilla by Adam Rapp

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey


Guest blogger Catherine Skrzypek is a Children’s Librarian at Central Library. She would be most interested in serving on a American Library Association Caldecott award committee.

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New Year’s Resolution Solution #4: New Job, New You!

Jan 26, 2010 11:26 AM | 0 comments

So many resolutions and so few resources these days... Where does one go to make this year better than last year? The library is the perfect place to start achieving your goals.  


If those goals are education, career, and/or business-related, take advantage of the great free resources available in Central Library’s Education and Job Information Center (EJIC).


For students, we offer materials that can help you choose a college, find scholarships and financial aid, and prepare for exams. A little known secret: we offer paper-based test supervision for free!


For jobseekers, we offer help with job searches, writing a resume, interviewing, networking, and taking civil service and certification exams. Our online resources can help you with career exploration and resume building--you can even practice college entrance and civil service exams. Our online resources are available for free 24/7 and only require your library card barcode to use.


If you’re not the type to read books or go online to achieve your goals, you can attend programs and workshops at Central Library that offer the same services mentioned above, as well as targeted workshops for specific careers, and one-on-one STEP sessions at several library locations. We also host hiring events with Workforce One, the Census Bureau, the NYS Department of Labor, and other organizations.


Lastly, perhaps our best resources are our staff and volunteers. You can get information at the reference desk, make an appointment to get job search and interview tips, or drop in to get help you with your resume.


Now you have a glimpse into what we offer (there’s lots more)—so what are you waiting for? Get a library card and visit us onsite or online today, before next year’s resolutions sound like last year’s. 


Guest blogger Kerwin Pilgrim is the Coordinator of Business and Workforce Development, and has worked for 9 years at BPL helping youths and adults better their lives.

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New Year’s Resolution Solution #3: Eat, Drink, but Be Healthy

Jan 22, 2010 11:01 AM | 1 comment

Two of the top ten New Year’s resolutions are to get fit, and lose weight, according to We can help you meet those goals by reading the below books with healthy-eating tips, heart-smart recipes and exercise.* There’s no time like the present; place a hold or pick up your copy today.

1) The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged: Lasting Fat Loss That's Better Than Ever 

 This book offers in-depth information on exercise, staying motivated, getting rid of cellulite, tightening the skin and combating the effects of menopause. Includes recipes, information on eating disorders, menu plans and more.

2) So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week 

A Food Network host and author of The Food You Crave provides 150 easy-to-prepare recipes that tackle every mealtime solution -- including simple grab-and-go breakfasts, cooler-ready lunches, dinners in 30 minutes or less and easy desserts.

3) The 7-Day Energy Surge 

Learn how to improve energy levels and overcome common challenges like fatigue, headaches, and depression through a customizable week-long cleansing regime and lifestyle program based on energy-positive habits.

4) The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet 

A vegetarian Hollywood star shares her three-part meatless, macrobiotic program for better health, offers anecdotes and motivational tips and features almost 100 recipes.

5) Prime-time Health: A Scientifically Proven Plan for Feeling Young and Living Longer 

The renowned physician known for his parenting guides and the website presents guidelines for healthy aging and offers insight into how to delay age-related changes by balancing key body systems.

* These titles were chosen by Jay Filan, a librarian in our materials selection department.


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How to Help Haiti

Jan 20, 2010 4:21 PM | 0 comments

The recent tragic earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, has affected us all. During a time like this, action is the most important thing we can do, whether by donating money, volunteering or just staying informed. To assist, Brooklyn Public Library has compiled an online resource guide to help you navigate the potential ways you can help. Visit our website to access it.


Remember that our free public computers and WiFi access are available at all neighborhood locations should you need to access online information or resources. Our Caribbean Literary & Cultural Center at Flatbush Library is also open for those that wish to meet, talk and receive community support.


Please also stay tuned to our website and this blog for details on a benefit concert that will be held at Central Library’s Dweck Center on the evening of January 29.

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